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Pioneer Working on Aftermarket CarPlay Compatibility

Pioneer Electronics, a company that manufacturers many in-car electronic systems, is looking into the possibility of implementing CarPlay compatibility with both its existing and future products. The news comes courtesy of a Pioneer customer service representative and was relayed to MacRumors via a reader.

Introduced in early March, CarPlay is Apple’s iOS vehicle integration system that allows an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri-controlled voice access to features like Maps, phone functions, messages, and music.

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While the service initially debuted solely in new cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, it appears CarPlay could be introduced into a wide range of existing vehicles through Pioneer, which offers aftermarket navigation and audio systems for cars.

Because Apple has thus far only announced CarPlay partnerships with specific car manufacturers for new 2014 models, it has been unclear whether the service is compatible with older vehicles. CarPlay does, however, work in conjunction with BlackBerry’s QNX Car Platform, which is used to power many existing in-car infotainment systems installed in a wide variety of automobiles, suggesting aftermarket solutions are indeed a possibility.

Mercedes-Benz, one of Apple’s official CarPlay partners, has also indicated that it is working on aftermarket installations, but Pioneer’s potential solution is more promising as it would be available in a wider range of existing vehicles.

Apple has officially announced deals with several different vehicle manufacturers including Honda, Ford, GM, Jaguar, and Hyundai, in addition to Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz, but it appears the company is also striking deals with accessory manufacturers like Pioneer, suggesting CarPlay could be widely distributed to vehicle owners over the course of the next few months.

(Thanks, Matt!)

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7 months ago
So, a touchscreen device to connect your touchscreen device to.

Great.
Rating: 12 Votes
7 months ago
Yes please!
Rating: 6 Votes
7 months ago
I would be interested (since I'm not going to buy a new car just for Carplay), but in the end it will depend on the quality of the product and the price.
Rating: 6 Votes
7 months ago
Cruisin' along enjoying a song *pothole* new playlist.
Rating: 5 Votes
7 months ago
Aftermarket is a MUST if Apple wants it to take off. I would buy one for each of my cars.
Rating: 4 Votes
7 months ago

Payments are for idiots who like funding the banking industry.


Wow, that's quite a mean thing (not to mention elitist) to say. You do realize that while a person may be able to afford monthly car payments they may not be able to purchase a car paid in full upfront. :rolleyes:
Rating: 3 Votes
7 months ago
I'm almost scared to consider how big Apple are going to become in the next 5 years. This, with the addition of a rumoured wrist device and TV, is going to take the market by storm. And of course 5 years' worth of incremental iPhone updates ;)
Rating: 3 Votes
7 months ago
Oo yeah, that's a great solution !!
It should be available for the Aftermarket.
Rating: 2 Votes
7 months ago

This is going to grow big...but sadly it will add more to your car payment.


Payments are for idiots who like funding the banking industry.

The entire point of the article is about your pending ability to retrofit CarPlay (via Pioneer and others) into your current car, or a preowned car you can actually afford.
Rating: 2 Votes
7 months ago

Naah. I just bought a new Honda myself and don't regret it. CarPlay has a lot of potential but it's no big deal until it operates wirelessly.


I don't know about you but I don't enjoy leaving my car with 18% battery left. Having a wired option is great.
Rating: 2 Votes

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